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Skilled Worker Migration

An alternative and faster way to tackle at least some of the effects of the skills shortage is bringing in skilled labour from overseas.

A little over a third of Members have considered sponsoring a skilled worker, but most say the process was too complicated and too expensive.

Members also reported concerns about:

Whether the barriers to skilled migration are real or perceived, it’s an opportunity for the industry and it shouldn’t be ignored.

It may be time to reconsider skilled migration.

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What you need to know

There is a direct correlation between the kinds of businesses that are struggling the most with the skills shortage and those that have considered skilled migration.

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What's the good news?

Skilled migration is still the fastest way for our industry to plug the skills gap - and many Members who have had success sponsoring skilled workers have done so multiple times.

That’s why Capricorn supports calls from our friends at the AAAA for logical changes to the migration system to ensure it isn’t creating additional hurdles for our industry.

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The figures demonstrate the difficulties the industry faces with the skilled migration system as it stands. It’s one reason Capricorn agrees with the AAAA’s Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration that “logical changes” to the migration process are needed to “ensure the system isn’t creating additional hurdles for our industry”.

Skilled migration may not be the skills shortage panacea, but it’s essential it’s part of the conversation.